Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff


There’s only room for one mother in this family.

Claire Abrams’s dreams became a nightmare when she passed on a genetic mutation that killed her little boy. Now she wants a second chance to be a mother, and finds it in Robert Nash, a maverick fertility doctor who works under the radar with Jillian Hendricks, a cunning young scientist bent on making her mark–and seducing her boss.

Claire, Robert, and Jillian work together to create the world’s first baby with three genetic parents–an unprecedented feat that could eliminate inherited disease. But when word of their illegal experiment leaks to the wrong person, Robert escapes into hiding with the now-pregnant Claire, leaving Jillian to serve out a prison sentence that destroys her future.

Ten years later, a spunky girl named Abigail begins to understand that all is not right with the reclusive man and woman she knows as her parents. But the family’s problems are only beginning. Jillian, hardened by a decade of jealousy and loss, has returned–and nothing will stop her from reuniting with the man and daughter who should have been hers.


Thank you, Crookedlane Books for my copy of Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff, in exchange for my honest review.  This title released September 10, 2019.

This was such a quick and fun read.  I really enjoyed the originality of this thriller.  Its not your typical storyline and yet it still managed to grab and hole my attention cover to cover.  A combination of Medical and Thriller, this was somewhat educational in terms of DNA and scientific reproduction (if any of it could be true I’m impressed!).

With short and sweet chapters always leaving you wanting more, this was a total binge read – I stayed up WAY past my bed time last night to finish because I just could not put it down.  And at just under 300 pages, you can easily fly through this book (and will want to) once you crack it open.  This book will have you questioning the moral, medical and ethical boundaries people will cross around reproduction and the phenomena of “designer babies,” which sounds like it is becoming more of a norm in today’s world.

Told in alternating perspectives of the main characters, I really enjoyed this author’s writing – it was extremely easy flowing and engaging and cannot wait to read what she comes out with next!

Highly recommend you add Mother Knows Best to your Fall TBR, it’s going to be the binge read EVERYONE is talking about.

My Rating: 5/5

Happy Reading,
The Reading Beauty

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